Ker­ala Life­time Achieve­ment award goes to Ira­nian au­teur Ma­jidi

Iran Daily - - Art & Culture -

Ac­claimed Ira­nian film­maker Ma­jid Ma­jidi who also headed the panel of jury at the 23rd In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val of Ker­ala (IFFK) re­ceived the Life­time Achieve­ment award at the event.

He re­ceived the award from Ker­ala State Chief Min­is­ter Pi­narayi Vi­jayan. The fete will con­clude on De­cem­ber 13. Vi­jayan said at the in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony of the event on De­cem­ber 7 that fes­ti­vals were the main medium to pro­mote sec­u­lar ideas and a means to sus­tain hu­man­ity, re­ported.

Re­ceiv­ing the award, Ma­jidi said, “More than any award and achieve­ment, I would like to cher­ish the price­less warmth and kind­ness of the au­di­ence.”

He noted, “IFFK is a proof of this prop­a­ga­tion. Ker­ala didn’t give up in the cat­a­strophic set­ting of un­ex­pected floods. This year’s fes­ti­val is a tes­ta­ment of the sol­i­dar­ity of cin­ema lovers.”

Ben­gali film­maker Bud­dhadeb Das­gupta was the chief guest while ac­tress-film­maker Nan­dita Das was the guest of honor.

Fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony, the open­ing film, ‘Every­body Knows’, di­rected by Ira­nian film­maker As­ghar Farhadi, was screened.

Re­ports note, the seven-day fes­ti­val will be fea­tur­ing 190 films from 65 coun­tries. Two Malay­alam films ‘’ and ‘Su­dani from Nige­ria’ were nom­i­nated for the In­ter­na­tional sec­tion of the fes­ti­val.

The theme of the fes­ti­val this year is ‘The Hu­man Spirit: Films on Hope and Re­build­ing’. Six films will be screened in this cat­e­gory.


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